by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Paul Doust with associate directors Julie Binysh, Lindsay Dale and Debbie Griffiths
Friday 14th January to Saturday 22th January (not Sunday 16th January)
Married to Teddy, her ‘baby’ of a husband, Patricia Graham’s life is turned upside down when her worldly ex-lover, Peter Kyle, unexpectedly reappears. It’s the early 1940’s and World War 2 is at its height. The stresses and horrors of that extraordinary conflict are ever-present – not least for …..
Bette and Joan
by Anton Burge
Directed by Scott James
In the Bar
Wednesday 26th January to Sunday 30th January
When two fading grande dames of Hollywood, Bette Davies (Pauline Armour) and Joan Crawford (Donna Dawson), work together on a new movie, the iconic ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’ their initial hostility to each other soon turns to seething hatred. A heady mix of the hysterical, the hilarious, the poignant and the tragic – totally engaging and highly entertaining.
The Wind in the Willows
by Alan Bennett adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame
Directed by Jessica-Ann Jenner
Friday 11th February to Saturday 19th February (not Sunday 13th February)
A National Theatre hit in 1990, Grahame’s much-loved woodland characters combine with the drollness of Bennett. Join Mole, Ratty and Badger as they try to control the high-spirited and madcap escapades of Toad. Given a modern twist this promises to be a quirky production breathing fresh life into a classic tale.
Taken at Midnight
By Mark Hayhurst
Directed by Gillian Gissing
Friday 11th March to Saturday 19th March (not Sunday 13th March)
This gripping new play about the Nazi regime premiered to great acclaim at Chichester during 2014 before transferring to the West End. Set in 1930’s Germany where the celebrated young lawyer Hans Litten disappears into the Nazi system and his indomitable mother Irmgard confronts his captors at enormous personal risk as she fights to secure his release.
Girl in the Machine
By Stef Smith
Directed by Rob Widdicombe
In the Bar
Wednesday 23rd March to Sunday 27th March
Successful and wildly in love, Polly and Owen seem to have it all. But when a mysterious new technology enters their lives, the digital becomes confused with the physical, and they are forced to re-evaluate their concepts of freedom and reality.
By Stanley Houghton
Directed by Colleen Batson
Friday 8th April to Saturday 16th April (not Sunday 10th April)
A well loved classic comedy last seen at BLT in 1988. Written in 1915 – a comedy from the cobbles of Lancashire. Take one bombastic shop owner, a ‘plain’ daughter, a long suffering boot-maker, a couple more flighty daughters and their suitors – a recipe for a very unlikely love story as newfound fortitude deals a resolution that is Hobson’s Choice.
Shakespeare in Love
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Directed by Pauline Armour
Friday 6th May to Saturday 14th May (not Sunday 8th May)
Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola de Lesseps. Their forbidden love draws many others, including Queen Elizabeth, into the drama and inspires Will to write ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the greatest love story of all time. Based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s Oscar winning screenplay and adapted by the award winning playwright Lee Hall (The Pitmen Painters , Billy Elliot)
The Prisoner of Second
By Neil Simon
Directed by Andy Solts
Friday 3rd June to Saturday 11th June (not Sunday 5th June)
Mel Edison has definitely had better days. The summer heat is unbearable, the air-con is on the blink, the noisy neighbours are driving him crazy, his high-stress job is about to vanish and the television news is getting weirder by the second. Luckily Edna, his loving and supportive wife, is a beacon of hope and sanity. But not for long…
A Walk in the Woods
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Nikki Packham
In the Bar
Wednesday 15th June to Sunday 19th June
Set in pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva in the late 1980’s two arms limitation negotiators , one Russian and one American, take a stroll. Away from the glare of the negotiating table they develop a relationship even though their personalities are very different. Both a Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Blessing has created an intriguing and thought provoking drama as relevant today as it was in 1988.
Breaking the Code
By Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Tony Jenner
Friday 1st July to Saturday 9th July
Last performed at BLT in 1991, this compassionate play is the story of Alan Turing, mathematician and father of computer science. Turing ‘broke the code’ in two ways: he cracked the German Enigma code during World War II and also shattered the English code of sexual discretion with his homosexuality. A compelling piece of modern theatre that has certainly stood the test of time.